Kiowa Five

The Smithsonian has an AMAZING collection of Kiowa Drawings, including the above paintings from the Kiowa Five — Spencer Asah, James Auchiah, Jack Hokeah, Stephen Mopope, Monroe Tsatoke and, briefly, Lois Smokey, available to look at through their online gallery. The Kiowa Five studied at the University of Oklahoma in the late 1920s and were prominent in the development of contemporary Indian painting. Their paintings were effectively promoted by their professor, Oscar B. Jacobson, through international exhibition and a limited-edition portfolio, plates of which are included in the collection.

Also included in the collection is the Silverhorn Target Record Book, a series of drawings that appear in a book used for recording Army target practice sessions. Most of the drawings are by Silver Horn (Haungooah), but some drawings are by other, unknown artists. The drawings were made in the 1890s while Silver Horn was enlisted in Troop L of the 7th Cavalry, based at Fort Sill, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma).

****The National Anthropological Archives offers digital images of every photograph and work of art in its collection for $50. Order here.


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2 Responses to Kiowa Five

  1. D July 7, 2010 at 9:16 am #

    beautiful, striking colours

  2. Mark July 7, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    Gorgeous. Love these!!

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